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New Zealand Covid experts take legal action against employer over alleged failure to protect them from abuse

Siouxsie Wiles and Shaun Hendy say they have been subject to ‘vitriolic’ harassment from small section of the public as a result of their work

Two of New Zealand’s most prominent Covid experts are taking legal action against their employer, the University of Auckland, over what they say is its failure to respond adequately to “harassment from a small but venomous sector of the public” that is becoming “more extreme”.

Siouxsie Wiles, an associate professor of medical science, and Shaun Hendy, a professor of physics, have filed separate complaints to the Employment Relations Authority, which last week ruled that they should proceed directly to the Employment Court due to the “high public interest” in their Covid commentary.

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